Hi folks, I am back again with a new review of another great Google service. In the previous article of this series I discussed Google Blog Search and Google Alerts, in this article I am going to discuss Google Books previously called Google Print and Google Book Search.
As with most of the other Google projects & services, it is also in the Beta phase. Google Books was introduced 6 years ago, back in October 2004 at Frankfurt Bookfair and Google’s Library Project, also now known as Google Book Search, was announced in December 2004. We can say it like the biggest online encyclopedia of Books ever created for humans. you can get any kind of information about any book and it is also a great way to promote your books for free.
Google Books is the best place to search for books of your interest and read excerpts from them. The searching of books is as easy as doing a web search. You can either directly enter a book name in the search bar or you can browse by categories. There are billions of scanned books in the Google Books database. You can also search for Magazines using Advance search options.
Here are some common features available in Google Books:
- Search: Book Search works just like web search. Try a search on Google Books or on Google.com. When Google finds a book with content that contains a match for your search terms, It will be linked in your search results.
- Browse books online: If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given them permission, you’ll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it’s in the public domain, you’re free to download a PDF copy.
- Learn more about what you read : For every single book, Google has created reference pages so you can quickly find all kinds of relevant information: book reviews, web-references, maps and more.
- Buy the book or borrow from the library: If you find a book you like, click on the “Buy this book” and “Borrow this book” links to see where you can buy or borrow it.
Using your Google Account you can even create and manage personal bookshelves, share books with friends, and see what they are reading. Google Books is the best companion for book lovers.
Have you ever think that from where Google gets these books? Currently, Google is running two programs to connect readers with books: the Partner Program and the Library Project.
Useful Links: Google Books | Google Library Project.
Readers’ comments and views are most welcome. Stay tuned folks, to learn more about another Google Product.